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TRANSDISCIPLINARY MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION RESEARCH GROUP
(TMERG) SEMINAR 8, 2017

Date: Friday, 29 September 2017
Time:10:00am – 11:00pm
Where: Kevin Marjoribanks SMaRTE Room, Level 8 Nexus Building, Pulteney Street.

The Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (TMERG) has its origins in the School of Education, and provides an avenue for discussion and research collaboration in the field of measurement and evaluation across a number of Schools and Disciplines. Colleagues and postgraduate students (doctoral and master’s) in your School/Research Centres are invited to a seminars titled

SEMINAR 8: Differential item Functions: Implications for the Utility of Test/Questionnaires

SPEAKERS: Ms Hnin New New Tun:
School of Education (University of Adelaide); MEd (Yangon University of Education); BEd (Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics, YUoE)
Dr Sivakumar Alagumalai:
School of Education (University of Adelaide)

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ABSTRACT: the Rasch Measurement Model (RMM) is well established and widely used by international organisations undertaking large scale assessment studies. It is the fundamental measurement model which considers the probability of an individual to perform efficiently at a given task which depends only on the difference between their ability level and the item difficulty level. Thus, the RMM is effective in gauging the viability and utility of tests and questionnaires, and enabling objective and meaningful reporting of comparative studies. However, the biggest threat to the utility of any test or questionnaire is item bias; an item is considered to be biased when it differs in difficulty between subjects of identical ability from different groups (for example, sex and cultural). Differential Item Functioning (DIF), the conventional term for item bias, is now an integral aspect of test/questionnaire validation and validity issues.

This paper examines DIF of selected constructed-response TIMSS-2015 Grade Eight mathematics items completed by students in Trans-Tasman countries (Australia and New Zealand). the items, from four content areas which include algebra, number, geometry, and data and chance, were analysed using the partial credit model (an extension of the RMM) DIF techniques were used and findings reported. The outputs from the Australian Council of Educational Research’s (ACER) ConQuest application are presented and discussed. We reiterate DIF analysis should be used routinely to evaluate items, to ensure more equitable and therefore more valid, and meaningful interpretation of tests and questionnaires.

 

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September 2017 Graduations School of Education

The School of Education is proud to congratulate our outstanding students who have today graduated their B.Teaching/B.Arts, B.Teaching/B.Science , and Graduate Diploma of Education Degrees. Along with our students who will be shortly joining the Teaching Profession as Registered Teachers we congratulate twelve Master of Education graduates with two from our Singapore campus graduating today also.

We are also very proud to celebrate the achievements of our three newly graduated PhD candidates:

Dr Alessandro Lovat: Thesis Title: Attrition and New Entry Pathways: Factors Contributing Toward Attrition for Students Entering an Australian University through New VET Entry Pathways. Supervisors: Dr Igusti Darmawan, Prof Tania Aspland, Dr Chad Habel, Prof John Keeves

Dr Judith Thomas: Thesis Title: From Southern Sudan to Adelaide: Learning Journeys of Refugee Secondary Students. Supervisors: Dr Margaret Seacombe, Dr Nina Maadad

Dr Kenneth Young: Thesis Title: Perspectives of Preservice Teachers on the Roles of Secondary School Teachers in Queensland: An Interpretivist Study Supervisors: Prof Tania Aspland, Dr Anthony Potts

We wish to congratulate and wish our graduate students success in their future careers, research and studies.

Some photos of our Graduates, Supervisors and well wishers.

Prof Fay McCallum Mr Peter Trieu (B.Teaching) Dr Linda Westphalan 2 Catherine Cutts Faye McCallum2 2 Current PhD's Graduants HoS & Supervisor

2 Kenneth Young Tania Aspland Alex Lovat 2 Dr Margaret Seacombe Dr Judith Thomas 2 Dr Linda Westphalen Dr John Willison

 

 

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Loretta Bowshall

SEPTEMBER  RESEARCH SEMINAR
ALL WELCOME
11:00AM-11:30AM 25 SEPTEMBER 2017
LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

PRACTICUM AND INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION: WICKED PROBLEMS?

LORETTA BOWSHALL: PhD candidate, School of Education, Faculty of Arts, The University of Adelaide

ABSTRACT:
Fundamental differences in understanding, about the structure and function of the practicum in initial teacher education, continue to present challenges for those involved in preparing students for the teaching profession. These well-established challenges have been considered wicked problems (Southgate, Reynolds, Howley, 2012; Vick, 2006). Yet, in the quest to find agreement upon criteria in addressing such problems, the failure to appreciate the different underlying points of the various stakeholders has impeded resolution(s). The same partially effective recommended solutions to problems have continued to be implemented over time. As such, it can be considered that these on-going repeated solutions, do not attempt to resolve wicked problems that plague the practicum but fuel the wicked problem that drives the long-standing debate and failure to find a resolution. Namely, the lack of consensus on the nature of the practicum in initial teacher education. Other related problematic issues can be considered sub- problems which are a manifestation of the wicked problem.

BIOGRAPHY:
Loretta Bowshall is a PhD Candidate at The University of Adelaide and an R-12 teacher at Mercedes College, Springfield. She has presented papers in Adelaide, interstate, and overseas. Research interests focus on initial teacher education, with particular reference to professional experience placement, mentoring and supervision, professional development, and education policy.

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The School of Education today hosted the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE)  to discuss issues in Initial Teacher Education.   36 Deans and Heads of Schools from across Australia attended this meeting. The Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham addressed the Deans at the meeting and participated in discussions […]

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Anna Morozov

AUGUST  RESEARCH SEMINAR ALL WELCOME 11:00AM-11:30PM 28 AUGUST 2017 LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION TEACHING IN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES THROUGH THE EYES OF THE USSR/EX-USSR ACADEMIC MIGRANTS ANNA MOROZOV ABSTRACT: The ways we teach, think and create knowledge often depend on the social environment and present and past experiences […]

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John Willison

AUGUST  RESEARCH SEMINAR ALL WELCOME 11:30AM-12:00PM 28 AUGUST 2017 LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MELT USE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: STEM, PHILOSOPHY AND MUSIC MR JOHN WILLISON ABSTRACT: The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT) emerged from teaching and research in Australian High Schools. MELT have provided […]

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A Gathering of Future Leaders: Papua New Guinea Meets Indonesia The School of Education and the Institute for International Trade co-hosted a networking function last night that brought together our respective Australia Awards Short Term Awards participants and future leaders from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia Both groups were welcomed by Head of School Professor […]

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TRANSDISCIPLINARY MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION RESEARCH GROUP (TMERG) SEMINAR 6, 2017 Date: Thursday 13, July 2017 Time: 10:00am – 11:00am Where: 706MBA Suite, Level 7, Nexus Building, 10 Pulteney Street. The Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (TMERG) has its origins in the School of Education, and provides an avenue for discussion and research collaboration in the […]

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